Follow these easy steps to create an all-natural bird feeder, so you can bird-watch from your window or porch.
- Medium to large sized pine cones
- Peanut butter
- Bird seed
- Paper plate
- Paper bowl
- Spatula or spoon
- Twine, rope, yarn or ribbon
- Time to complete one feeder: 20-30 minutes, including preparation and clean-up.
- Gather all materials listed.
- Place your bird seed onto a paper plate so that it covers the bottom entirely.
- Spoon or scoop out the peanut butter into your paper bowl to prevent getting bird seed in your jar.
- Grab your pine cone and begin spreading the peanut butter onto it with your spoon/spatula.
- Cover the entire pine cone in peanut butter using your spoon/spatula.
- Begin to roll the peanut butter covered pine cone in the bird seed. Do this step until it is covered in seed.
- Sit the pine cone on its base. Cut approximately 1.5-2 feet of twine.
- Push the first five inches of twine down into the pine cone around the top scales, leaving two inches of twine from the start of the string.
- Tie the twine around these scales, be sure to tie it tight!
- Find a tree in your yard that you could easily see from your window or your porch.
- Once you have found that tree, find a branch to hang your bird feeder from so that it is not hidden by other branches.
- Tie the feeder tightly to this branch with the other end of the twine. Make sure that the pine cone is not too close to the branch.
- Wait, and enjoy watching the birds!